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The Kerry Girls Christmas 2016

The Kerry Girls Christmas 2016

Radio Kerry will broadcast a one hour documentary on The Kerry Girls: Emigration & The Earl Grey Scheme, on Christmas Day at 2pm.   The documentary, produced by J.J. O’Shea will feature snippets from yours truly as well as a range of contributors.  Over a month in Australia in Spring of 2016, J.J. interviewed a number of […]

Kerry Girl Returns

Kerry Girl Returns

On Thursday 6th October I had the pleasure of meeting up with Noni Rush in Tralee. Noni Rush, is a great great granddaughter of Margaret O’Sulivan (Cooper) one of the twenty five Kenmare girls who left Kenmare Workhouse in early December 1849 for a new life in Australia, as part of the Earl Grey Orphan […]

Journal of Society of Australian Genealo...

Journal of Society of Australian Genealogists

I was delighted to get a very positive Review from the prestigious Journal of the Society of Australian Genealogists  – DESCENT (Sept issue).   My focus on writing the book was two fold – to tell people in Kerry about these girls, whom most of us had never heard of.  They had been ‘airbrushed’ out of […]

Margaret Sullivan’s Story

Margaret Sullivan’s Story

Last week I told you the story of finding Margaret Sullivan Cooper’s link to family in Kilgarvan  and this week, we hear the story of Margaret’s life changing emigration to Australia in 1850 when with twenty four  other Kenmare girls, she left the Workhouse there under the Earl Grey ‘Orphan’ Scheme for a new life […]